Joe Martinez consults ‘Art of War’ for Congressional campaign

Joe Martinez consults ‘Art of War’ for Congressional campaign
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In his bid to become the Republican candidate for Congressional district 26, former Miami-Dade Commission Screen shot 2014-02-24 at 12.09.04 PMChairman Joe Martinez has turned to an odd guru: Sun Tzu, a legendary — if possibly mythical — Chinese military leader who wrote the Art of War as a sort of meditation on the rules of combat about 2,500 years ago in 500 B.C.

The book and the author have often been quoted in non-military context — who hasn’t said “keep your friends close and your enemies closer?” — and the material has found its way into representing routine, everyday life conflicts as well, especially in business. It was only naturally that it would be applied to politics, especially in the 305.

“It has a lot of meanings in today’s world,” Martinez, who read the book when he was at the Miami-Dade Police Department, told Ladra.

Or he is just trying to psyche out the competition? Other Republican hopefuls for that chance to run against incumbent Democrat Congressman Joe Garcia in November are Miami-Dade School Board Member Carlos Curbelo, Cutler Bay Mayor Ed MacDougall, attorney Lorenzo “Larry” Palomares-Starbuck and Key Largo’s Jose Felix Peixoto, the only Monroe candidate.

Screen shot 2014-02-24 at 12.09.53 PMThe quotes certainly do carry a cocky if not threatening tone, doncha think?

“Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat,” Martinez posted on Facebook and twitter Friday.

“He may appear to be weak to those without heart and will be a master of deception because he has no deception in his own heart,” he posted a couple of days earlier.

Wait… who has no deception in his heart?

Joe Martinez“I don’t,” Martinez said.

So you’re the master of deception.

No, said Martinez, a military academy alumni who said it is interpreted as encouraging the encircling or “flanking” movement by a military troop.

Or maybe by a political campaign?

“Right now, you got MacDougall with endorsement from Norman Braman and his money and you got Curbelo with the endorsement from Jeb Bush and a lot of money. And I may look like the weak one,” Martinez said.

“I’m trying to say, ‘Don’t be fooled by that.'”

5 Responses to "Joe Martinez consults ‘Art of War’ for Congressional campaign"

  1. WhenPigsFly   February 24, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    I think Martinez should debate Curbelo. It would be telling, and I think Martinez would put it on the line where Curbelo would spew facts and figures like a sixth grade history project. I’d love to see it, personally.

  2. miro   February 24, 2014 at 11:13 pm

    Martinez will be our next congressman! period

  3. Concerned Republican   February 25, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    Although I’m not diggin’ the whole Art of War quotes, he is by far the more qualified of the candidates. Besides, his former political nemesis, Carlos Alvarez, subscribed to many practices detailed in the book, and his strategies ended in a RECALL. Go with the Bible, Joe; quotes about peace, kindness, and brotherhood ate what the people, and Congress need to hear.

    Despite that, I think you have a solid shot at this. Steer clear of shady investment deals, absentee ballot fraud, and the other various questionable campaign practices commo in South Florida ghetto politics, and you’ll be fine.

  4. tree43   March 5, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    Underdeveloped Belen 6th graders are infinitely smarter and more competent than the average Miami resident.

  5. Curbelo is a flawed candidate   March 13, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    Curbelo has NEVER been in a contested election. He’s never been under this kind of pressure. He’s the type that cracks like an egg and fries in heat of public scrutiny.

    In the next months, watch Curbelo duck debates and interviews, show up to Republican events just long enough to make a statement and not speak to anyone and finally start acting the “Republican” cool guy to the chagrin of the MD-C School Board.

    Money can’t fix the anti-charismatic Curbelo or give him the experience more seasoned politicos running have in order to handle a tough campaign like this one will be.

    Curbelo is a quiet, impish Hispanic version of Charlie Crist, who like his former boss never supported Marco Rubio’s career in any way (check contribution records – it’s telling!).

    Joe Garcia’s best hope for re-election is Carlos Curbelo.


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